health

Leg Health iPad App

July 22, 2014

Sigvaris introduces a new iPad app for practitioners who advise patients about their leg health. The app helps explain the circulatory system and leg health conditions to patients in an illustrative way that is easy to understand.

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Managing foot and ankle injuries in baseball players

July 22, 2014

Baseball players at all skill levels routinely suffer from foot and ankle injuries, with position players being afflicted more often than pitchers or catchers. Making the correct initial diagnosis without delay can lead to more rapid and effective treatment, rehabilitation, and return to play.

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Using EMR databases to conduct clinical research

July 22, 2014

Electronic medical records contain enormous amounts of information that could be used in clinical research and quality improvement. However, ethical concerns — such as patient consent and minimization of reidentification — abound. For those accessing records tied to clinics, hospitals, insurance companies and similar organizations, multiple databases are typically accessed to pull records.

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Extreme obesity cuts average life span extremely

July 15, 2014

Those with a body mass index, or BMI, above 40 are robbed of at least 6 1/2 years, on average, of expected life span, a study has found. And the toll in years lost rises with the degree of obesity, reaching nearly 14 years for the most obese – those with a BMI above 55, researchers said.

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5 missteps to avoid when communicating electronically with patients

July 8, 2014

Communicating electronically with patients is fast and easy, but it comes with some big risks. Here, Robin Diamond, MSN, JD, RN, senior vice president and chief patient safety officer for medical malpractice insurer The Doctors Company, identifies five things physicians should not do when communicating to patients using electronic communications.

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BMI may miss 25 percent of kids with obesity

June 30, 2014

Some children who have a normal body mass index (BMI) might actually be obese, because they have extra body fat that’s not picked up by the measurement, a new study says.

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‘Alarming’ rise: 29 million Americans with diabetes

June 30, 2014

More than 29 million American adults have diabetes, and a quarter of them don’t even know it, a new report shows.

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Research healing wounds 50 percent faster

June 30, 2014

Researchers at the Virginia Tech Carillon Research Institute are leading the way in new science that could help wounds heal in half the time.

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Pedicures look pretty, but are they safe?

June 24, 2014

With sandal season finally upon us the instinct to pretty up your cracked heels, leathery soles and unpainted toes is a natural one. And with the proliferation of inexpensive nail bars in recent years, pedicures are financially within reach for a lot of people.

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